In late October, four Japanese climbers led by Himalayan veteran Osamu Tanabe completed the first ascent of the west face of Nemjung (7,140m/23,425′), near Manaslu in Nepal.
Samuele Scalet, good-bye to the alpinist who loved the Pale di San Martino, Dolomites
Japanese climbers Fumitaka Ichimura and Genki Narumi completed the first ascent of the north face of Tawoche (1,500m, VI AI5R) in Nepal’s Khumbu region in late November.
During a cold weekend trip to Bahratal, south of Dresden, Adam Ondra has onsighted Engpass, 8A+ and flashed Starbug 2, 8A+ and actually both were previously graded 8B. He also did Blackberries, 8B.
Former Durbanite, turned Cape Town student Benjamin de Charmoy visited Redhill and sent the “Elfen Lied” 8A traverse on his second try after re-working the moves.
American film stars Jessica Biel and Emile Hirsch and other celebrities have scaled Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, to raise awareness about global shortages of drinking water and to raise money for UNHCR and other humanitarian organizations.
On Friday the 8th of Jan Nick Bullock, partnered by Kenton Cool attempted to find the existing route Home Wet Home, which is located between the Mini Couloir and Nuit Blanche on the Argentiere glacier, near Chamonix.
The Copp-Dash Inspire Award, a major new grant program, has been created to honor the lives and storytelling abilities of Jonny Copp and Micah Dash, who died last spring in an avalanche in China along with young filmmaker Wade Johnson.
“2009 has been a very bleak season for mountaineering in Pakistan – the current security state has adversely affected the inflow of tourists,” the country’s Alpine Club summarized.
Albert Leichtfried and Benedikt Purner have climbed a desperately thin and steep 300-meter ice route that they believe is WI7+, making it the hardest pure ice climb in Austria, and one of the hardest in the world.